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Child poverty: all not quite what it seems?

Professor Tracy Shildrick, 26 Jun 2015

Although spared the embarrassment of a sharp rise in child poverty, the stagnation of the figures announced yesterday exposes this government's callous and listless approach to combating child poverty. Professor Tracy Shildrick outlines the scale of preventable child poverty.

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The Academies and Education Bill will not help Britain’s schools

Henry Stewart, 22 Jun 2015

The academisation of British schools is nothing more than ideology. There is no evidence that it drives up standards.

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A concrete plan for social housing

Duncan Bowie, 19 Jun 2015

A new report from SHOUT (Social Housing Under Threat) and National Federation of ALMOS urges the government to abandon its hands-off approach to housing.

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Guardian letter in response to Chancellor George Osborne’s Mansion House Speech

17 Jun 2015

On 13 June the Guardian published a letter from 79 leading economists condemning the Chancellor’s plans to legislate for a permanent budget surplus. The letter was coordinated by Class, and has gathered a range of prominent signatories from across academia and economics.

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Budget surplus target plays politics with economic growth

Geoff Tily, 11 Jun 2015

Is it possible that anybody thinks the budget surplus law apparently to be announced in the Mansion House speech is about anything other than politics?

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Royal Mail - privatising public assets has largely been a mistake across the world

Ellie O’Hagan, 9 Jun 2015

Last week, George Osborne decided to sell off the remaining 30% of Royal Mail that still belongs to the public. Ellie O'Hagan outlines here why it's economically illiterate to sell off a profitable public asset for a one-off windfall and why privatisation of public assets has largely been a mistake across the world.

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The fight for decent, affordable homes must not be abandoned

Daniel Wilson Craw, 5 Jun 2015

However politicians might like to characterise landlords, the fact remains: renters need decent, affordable homes now - and the housing market has not delivered.

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TTIP: The elephant in the room

Professor Keith Ewing, John Hendy QC, 5 Jun 2015

John Hendy QC and Prof Keith Ewing provide a detailed update on TTIP ahead of the vote in the European Parliament next week.

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Academies are not magic bullets: The Education and Adoption Bill

Michael Jopling, 4 Jun 2015

Failing? Coasting? The new Education and Adoption Bill will entrench academisation and further disempower publicly accountable local authorities.

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Child benefit and the fight against poverty

Moussa Haddad, 4 Jun 2015

Child benefit has been an important tool in reducing child poverty. On its own, however, it cannot stem the rising tide of child poverty. Amid plans to freeze the entitlement for 2 more years and the ominous £12 billion cuts to welfare spending, Moussa Haddad outlines what is needed to protect children.

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An EU Perspective On Wage Inequality

Carlos Vacas, Enrique Fernández-Macías, 29 May 2015

In the years before the financial crisis of 2008, there was a significant reduction of overall EU wage inequality, driven by economic convergence between rich and poor Member States. The 2008 crisis reversed the trend, expanding pre-existing wage differentials between countries. The impact of the crisis on wage inequalities within countries has also been very different across the EU.

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The Queen’s Speech: our panel’s reaction

Don Flynn, Frances O’Grady, Ines Newman, Carolyn Jones, Professor Prem Sikka, Geraldine Blake, 27 May 2015

Six experts give their reactions to today's announcements in the Queen's Speech

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Cameron’s new crusade against criminal wage-workers

Don Flynn, 26 May 2015

It's time we changed our view of undocumented migrants. Often the victims of unbearable conditions at home, migrants are not criminals.

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Are our schools in safe hands?

Professor Stephen J Ball, 19 May 2015

Author and academic Stephen Ball believes that the biggest area of concern in UK education is about the academisation of the school system – an agenda that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has reiterated her support for, announcing that under a new education bill failing schools could be forced into taking on academy status.

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Five ways to deal with a full blown Conservative Government

Rebecca Winson, 8 May 2015

It might seem hopeless at the moment, but there are some basic things we can all do to work through this. Wallowing in political pity or booking the next flight out of here is not going to feed the hungry.

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First 100 Days - Reforming politics and representation

Dr Daniel Kenealy, 6 May 2015

In this essay Daniel Kenealy argues that real political and representative reform will take a long time to enact, but there is much that can be done in the first 100 days of any ‘progressive’ government to start this important process.

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First 100 Days - Transforming Education

Gemma Moss, 5 May 2015

As part of the First 100 Days series Prof Gemma Moss outlines what a progressive government will need to do to transform education into a fairer, less unequal system. A flourishing education system depends upon forging strong partnerships between educators, young people, their families and their communities; those who research education in its diverse forms; and those who organise and system-manage it, in pursuit of a shared vision of the common good.

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First 100 Days - Tackling Inequality

Stewart Lansley, 5 May 2015

As part of the First 100 Days series Stewart Lansley sets out how a progressive government could create a more equal society. This requires a multiple strategy, some measures to be implemented in the first 100 days and some changes set in place to take shape over a longer time span.

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First 100 Days - Defining a Green Agenda for Government

Oliver Hayes, 3 May 2015

Oliver Hayes how a progressive government could define a green agenda within their First 100 Days of power. He argues that we need a government to set a vision for a valued and thriving environment.

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First 100 Days - Investing in a Future for Young People

Beccie Ions, 2 May 2015

In this essay Beccie Ions, as part of our First 100 Days series, outlines what a progressive government should do to invest in a future for young people. Beccie argues that it’s no secret that young people feel alienated from politics, and as the election edges closer it is important to look at what policies young people might wish to see from the next parliament.

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